Ever feel tired of the many Mary Sues in anime? Here’s a list of women in anime that are the exact opposite of that! It may not be a comprehensive list, but here are a select few that I personally find to be inspiring! There are definitely many more amazing female characters out there, and if yours didn’t make the list, leave us your pick in the comments below!
1. Makise Kurisu (Steins;Gate)
One of the rare representations of women in STEM, Kurisu is a girl genius who has made major contributions to brain memory research in the United States. Her active involvement in scientific academia pushes the notion that women are highly capable of succeeding in STEM related fields.
2. Olivier Mira Armstrong (Fullmetal Alchemist)
General Armstrong is the Iron Lady of contemporary anime. Having earned her title of the “Ice Queen”, Olivier is an influential leader with a very strong presence. She avoids unnecessary compromise whenever possible and can be very condescending to anyone who does not live up to her expectations. She is also very muscular and boldly goes against the stereotype that women have to be dainty and soft-spoken in order to be “feminine”.
3. Hiyama Chinatsu (Ballroom e Youkoso)
Spunky, prideful, blunt and expressive, Chinatsu is a strong headed woman who isn’t afraid to dispute with others to get what she wants. Although she has a hot temperament, she carries herself with grace when performing on the dance floor, proving that dance is not a sport reserved for “girly” characters.
4. Fujioka Haruhi (Ouran High School Host Club)
Haruhi is simply a likable person with a straightforward nature (although she can be a tad bit dense at times). What makes her awesome is the fact that she sees everyone for who they are regardless of their background. For instance, she accepts her father who identifies as a trans knowing that that does not change the fact that he still loves her as a parent. Moreover, she doesn’t care excessively about her appearance and dresses very plainly. To her, it doesn’t matter how she dresses or whether others see her as a boy or a girl – what matters is the person underneath all those layers.
5. Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
You guys know this one. Mikasa proves her competence time and again through actions rather than words. Cold on the outside but warm towards the ones she loves, she excels at her craft and is understandably an inspiring figure looked up to by many young female viewers. She is also yet another reason for us to believe that muscles on women can be a cool thing.
6. Tsunemori Akane (Psycho-Pass)
Akane is a perfect example of how it’s always possible to develop one’s personality and confidence regardless of how timid one may start out in a career. Recalling how docile and naïve she was when she first began her career as an Inspector, it’s remarkable to observe her journey and see how far she has come.
7. Tsunade (Naruto)
The only female member of the legendary three “Sannin” and the only female Hokage (as of where the series ended), Tsunade is a pioneer for strong female personalities in modern anime. What’s impressive about her is that she equips herself with exceptional physical combatting skills in addition to her specialization – medical ninjutsu, knowing that healing abilities can only take one so far. Her story inspires viewers to constantly seek greater heights and expand their skill sets in various areas to develop into capable, well-rounded individuals needed by society.
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